Christian Chronicle

Jesus emphasized peace to those who would follow him

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’ — Matthew 5:9

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle


That was Domingo Reyes’ prayer as the Wilmington, Del., minister taught his congregation’s Wednesday night Bible study Jan. 6, just hours after a deadly riot inside the U.S. Capitol.

“The events that occurred were so disturbing that I had to change my lesson … in an attempt to refocus our minds,” Reyes said. “We were, and many still are, a bit fearful and anxious about what occurred and its implications on the future.”

Reyes preaches for a racially and politically diverse church that worships 3.5 miles from the home of Joe Biden — the man elected to serve as America’s 46th president.

I enjoyed visiting the Greenbank Church of Christ two years ago when I wrote about its formation through the merger of two congregations — one Black, one White. 

Spanish speakers — many of them immigrants from Central America — make up roughly 20 percent of the church’s average Sunday attendance of 150.

“I spoke about the political climate during the times of Jesus and how Jesus’ words must have sounded so out of place for many of the hearers,” the minister said of the lesson he offered as tensions remained high in Washington, D.C., a two-hour drive from Wilmington. 

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This column appears in the February edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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